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Overview

Bill is a real estate and land use attorney with a knack for getting projects completed.

With nearly thirty years of experience, there are few building situations that Bill hasn’t handled. He has initiated and litigated land use and development issues on behalf of property owners, developers, municipalities and businesses, and he has served as special counsel on land use issues to towns, cities and counties. His experience with the latter includes extensive work on cooperative plans, boundary agreements, municipal incorporations and tax incremental financing.

Bill has also worked frequently with building projects that are in some way controversial, perhaps with neighbors in opposition or a civic group which disagrees with the proposal. He’s gifted at bringing people around, as well as at listening to objections and working out if and how plans can and should be modified. He finds great satisfaction in winning final approval and in developing a property that a whole neighborhood will appreciate.

In fact, Bill would say that’s what he values most about his work: the opportunity to facilitate projects that will improve both a client’s business and a client’s community.


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Recognition

  • Wisconsin Honorary Consul for Japan, 2019-2024
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1995–present
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers: Land & Resources Zoning, 2005–present
  • Who’s Who in America, 1992–present
  • Dane County Bar Association Pro Bono Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
  • Madison “Lawyer of the Year”: Land Use and Zoning Law, 2011, 2012, 2015
  • Wisconsin National Guard WINGRA Recognition Award, 2006
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer: Land Use and Zoning, 2013

Education

  • J.D., Antioch School of Law
  • B.A., University of Illinois

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Bar Association

Languages

  • French, conversant
Experience
  • Served as special counsel on land use issues to towns, villages, cities and counties, participating in the development of cooperative plans, boundary agreements, "smart growth" comprehensive master plans, municipal incorporations and tax incremental financing.
  • Served as general counsel and principal legal advisor for a wide variety of business clients, including clients in the construction, retail/wholesale and healthcare fields and not-for-profit tax-exempt organizations.
  • Acted as point-of-entry for legal services and acted as lead attorney in significant corporate activities for client organizations.
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Outside the Office

Bill can often be found enjoying the Madison area by bike. He’s also an amateur chef who enjoys cooking just about anything.

Community Leadership
  • Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Trustee
  • Sand County Foundation, Audit Committee
  • Tandem Press Advisory Board
  • Barrymore Theater Corporation, Secretary and Director
  • ABC Atwood Revitalization Association, Secretary and Director
  • Madison Community Foundation, Grant Making Committee
  • Downtown Rotary Club
  • Pinney Branch Library, Fundraising Committee
  • Dane County Regional Airport Commission, Art Committee Chair, Noise Abatement Committee
  • Olbrich Botanical Society, Past President
  • Madison Region Economic Partnership, Past Board Chair
  • Wisconsin Chamber Choir, Past Director